Thanksgiving Events on Anna Maria Island

Are you looking to escape the chaos of everyday life? Hoping to find some peace and alone time? Anna Maria Island in November may be the perfect place for you. Already renowned as a calm and authentic Florida vacation destination, the fall offseason is especially quiet. What better way to spend your Thanksgiving vacation time off than at the beach? Here are a few other special things to do during the Thanksgiving season and the weeks leading up to it.

Girl at the Fall festival in Sarasota

Harvest Fall Festival

Don’t miss out on the best fall festival in all of Sarasota! Come for food, bounce houses, entertainment, face painting, and more. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local fall spirit without breaking the bank, as all activities are free! The festival lasts from 3 pm-6:30 pm on November 9 at 3650 17th Street, Sarasota.

Taps, Tacos, & Tequila Festival!

One week before Thanksgiving, this lively festival gets you in the spirit for the festivities to come! You’ll find craft beer, tacos, and tequilas all on a Wednesday afternoon. Over 15 taco vendors will be preparing their finest, and there will be cocktail booths crafting margaritas and other cocktails. Try high-end tequila samples and participate in a 4-hour craft beer sampling session. Eat, drink, and make memories!

The event will take place on November 23rd from 12 pm to 6 pm at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Grand entry costs $45 and includes beer, cocktail, and spirit sampling. General entry costs $15.

Art Festivals

The St. Armand’s Circle Art Festival takes place on November 9 and 10, hosting over 200 artists, selling sculpture, paintings, glass, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Stop on by and peruse the unique local offerings. Any purchases would make perfect souvenirs (or Christmas gifts) for loved ones back home.

The 7th Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival brings you artists from more than 17 states, presenting an outdoor gallery of exquisite art including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass and ceramics, photography, and more. Art lovers will admire this incredible collection of handmade art and perhaps find something to add to their personal collections. The gallery will be held on November 16 from 10 am to 6 pm at JD Hamel Park. Admission is free.

Turkey Trot

Kick your Thanksgiving Day off with Sarasota’s 2nd Annual Turkey Trot! This 5K will get you sweating and make room for those turkey calories, making great memories with friends and family in the process. The race will take you fro the Hyatt Regency over the beautiful John Ringling Bridge and back. After making it through the final mile, participants will be awarded a tasty sweet treat to celebrate. Top runners will receive a special commemorative gift, and everyone else will get a race t-shirt and finisher medal. Register online now for $35.

Thanksgiving food

Places to Eat

What is Thanksgiving without a delicious meal and loved ones to spend it with? The trouble with vacationing on Thanksgiving is that most restaurants are closed for the occasion. Yet there are a few special places that keep their doors open to celebrate. Anna Maria Island Beach Café, for instance, offers a full buffet of Thanksgiving delights. Indulge in all your favorites while dining on a table on the beach. And it’s all-you-can-eat, so bring your sweatpants!

Waterfront Pier 22 Restaurant sits right over gulf waters, giving all diners a remarkable view. Their Thanksgiving menu offers many traditional staples, including broccoli casserole, potatoes, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, and of course, freshly-roasted turkey and apple pie.

Finally, head to Marina Jack for a special Thanksgiving Day menu or alternatively, its regular seafood offerings. The special menu will include turkey and mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more.

Anna Maria Vacation Rentals

If a Thanksgiving vacation on Anna Maria Island appeals to you, consider our wide selection of vacation rentals with Anna Maria Vacations. We offer beachfront properties, pet-friendly rentals, and condos and homes for all group sizes. Friendly and professional staff will accommodate your needs, helping you plan your perfect Thanksgiving getaway!